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Poster: robertreddick Date: Jul 16, 2003 11:02am
Forum: opensourcemedia Subject: media blog, catalog, and SMIL contributions

We have a early stage media blogging tool that could possibly serve as a foundation for media postings. We have investigated methods on how to subject-thread playback of video blogging posts.

We have experience using SMIL 2 as a timing container for creating a multi-pane media experience and have used SMIL to create time-based experiences for Windows Media, QuickTime, Real, and Flash (we created our own media player that encapsulates and unifies other players in order to extend SMIL features to non-SMIL formats)

In June we released an early stage self-syndication / self-cataloging system for video publishers at http://intv.com. Our plans include integration of Creative Commons licenses, development of a catalog of media that can be shared under common license terms, and release methods for free/open, free/ad,; and pay-per-use programming.

We do not host media.

While our interests are in both open and commercial applications of our technologies, our methods place those decisions in the hands of programmers in ways that allow free/open to co-exist with commercial productions.

We are open to slicing out elements of our code base in order to create stand alone tools that help deliver the needed foundation for the election mission.

We are a small development team with years of experience in this sector and we would welcome suggestions and commentary on how we could contribute to this exciting opportunity.

Thanks for the manifesto

Robert Reddick
Ryan Fields
INTV, LLC
Charlotte NC
704-376-1239

This post was modified by robertreddick on 2003-07-16 18:02:15

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: Jul 17, 2003 6:02am
Forum: opensourcemedia Subject: Re: media blog, catalog, and SMIL contributions

Interesting. I have a site with a similar concept, including a SMIL "channel" for realvideo. I understand Quicktime is dropping support for SMIL so I think I'll wind up doing future work with javascript in a web browser (ick).

http://demandmedia.net/

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Poster: robertreddick Date: Jul 17, 2003 6:25am
Forum: opensourcemedia Subject: Re: media blog, catalog, and SMIL contributions

Yea, I've seen the Demand Media site, like your mission and see some parallels with www.intv.com.

Any ideas on how we could pull off the Open Media election system? Seems like Brewster and company are looking for a way to encapsulate media with licenses, topic threading, and commentary. The public benefit is the potential for a richer media experience and standards that cement public domain content availability to independent producers. I would add to that the need to identify hosting arrangements in the meta package.

One vision we're targeting is that producers can place programming on low-volume servers (say a .mac account or a home media server) along with metadata that indicates to aggregators their host preferences. The idea is for independents to indicate that their low volume host is not for direct public consumption, but instead should only serve to feed aggregators systems. While P2P has potential in this area it seems like a simple flag in the meta combined with processing rules by aggregators may deliver better performance.

Host rules processing puts Demand Media, INTV and others in the position of having to re-host the programming but it frees countless programmers from having to host traffic bursts that many cannot afford.

We're interested in working on this project because we see it providing a boost to public domain media standardization on several fronts including licenses, host arrangements, and topic cataloging.

As for threading that likely should follow the blogging track.

With layout and temporal we think SMIL is the answer as we've already demonstrated it can be used as a time and layout container across native media players, even players that don't support SMIL standards.

What remains are methods to deep-link within the media file. That may require an audio-to-text translation system combined with a search technique. For content moving from broadcast over to streaming, analysis of the closed captioning provides fodder for contextual pointers, I'm just not sure if broadcasters will allow prosumers or others to do text encoding on their CC feeds.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: Jul 17, 2003 7:55am
Forum: opensourcemedia Subject: Re: media blog, catalog, and SMIL contributions

Interesting stuff. We seem to be very much on the same page, particularly w/ regard to the value added of doing audio to text. I don't think I quite get who your target audience is.

With regard to handling low bandwidth of the original source, I think a gateway to p2p system is the way to go. Archive.org's freecache system, the Open Content Network, and Konspire seem like the most promising technologies for this. And I agree that the metadata to do this is tricky.

What I would really like to see is a syndication format that provided a rich source of metadata about video content. So intv and dm could just subscribe to feeds from content sources (like archive.org) and serve as aggregators for a community. Any thoughts on this?

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Poster: robertreddick Date: Jul 17, 2003 9:50am
Forum: opensourcemedia Subject: Re: media blog, catalog, and SMIL contributions

I've seen Open Content but not the others. To your point on syndication formats it seems like the echo project hold promise if they can dig down on aggregator to aggregator communications. I'm thinking we need to get a few more folks in on this. Standardizing on a format is a big chunk of the battle, but if we nail all the stated goals from the Open Source Media mission we'll need code, code that we can potentially help with.